14th May 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Putting pleases Charl in strong Players’ showing
In a week during which the golfing world kind of ignored Webb Simpson winning The Players’ Championship by a country mile to watch Tiger Woods look as if he might just be ready to win again, Charl Schwartzel was another major champion who served notice that he was ready for the winner’s circle.
He finished in a tie for second in the Players’ at 14-under-par with Xander Schauffele and Jimmy Walker, four shots behind Simpson for his third top-10 in three weeks on the PGA Tour.
And, although he talked during the tournament about a rediscovered swing and about Louis Oosthuizen helping him relax into a tempo through the swing and on the course generally, it was his putting which left him as pleased as anything else and optimistic going forward.
“My putting has always been really good,” he said. “I needed to trust it more, and now that I’m trusting it, trusting the lines, seems like the stroke is also smoothing, so I’m going to make some more putts.”
He was pleased with his solid rounds of 66, 63, 68 and 73 which gave him a total of 270. “Yeah. I played great all four days. I played well, too, yesterday, just didn’t make a putt, where today – today I still had two three-putts, but I made the putts I needed to make, which is key.
“Look, I’ve had my fair share of troubles on this golf course. I’ve skipped it willingly where I don’t like it at all, and particularly these sorts of holes. But this week, played a lot better, and I played the tough holes well, so that’s normally going to get you around this golf course.
“I started playing well in New Orleans. It’s been feeling good for about a month, two months now. It just hasn’t sort of kicked in. But yeah, I think playing with Louis freed me up a bit, and I’ve got good feelings. You know, just started playing really nice. I feel like I’m playing the way I should play,” the 33-year-old added.
Behind Schwartzel, Rory Sabbatini finished tied 30th on eight-under 280, Branden Grace finished tied 46th on five-under 283, Tyrone van Aswegen was two-under 286 and finished 66th, while Oosthuizen, who came second in the tournament last year, missed the cut.
Eleswhere, in the European Tour’s Rocco Forte Open, Thomas Aiken and Jacques Kruyswijk shared 14th spot after they finished eight-under par 276. In 26th was Christiaan Bezuidenhout on five-under 279. Zander Lombard finished 34th with Justin Walters on four-under 280, Jbe’ Kruger and Haydn Porteous finished on three-under 281. Trevor Fisher Jnr came third on one-over-par 285.